Hereward College News

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Another Success for the Peer Support Team!

Hereward College has been recognised by The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) and the National Union of Students (NUS) for its strong commitment towards the health and wellbeing of students and staff.

The College won the Highly Commended Award in the Leading the Learner Voice Awards 2012, in the Health and Wellbeing category, for the significant efforts made by students and staff to raise awareness on the issues of bullying in College. The award was presented on Thursday 21st of June at the annual Leading the Learner Voice Awards ceremony in London.

The various award categories highlight outstanding practice in leadership for learner voice and value the different leadership roles that are vital to ensure that learners’ views are actively sought, listened to and acted upon.

With a record number of nominations received by LSIS in 2012, Hereward College managed to impress the judges with its commitment to making sure that derogatory language – words and expressions that are homophobic, racist, sexist or disabilist and seek to demean particular groups and individuals, do not find their way in the College.

Hereward College was recognised for its ‘Say no to Bullying’ Campaign which covered a wide range of activities, tackling bullying in the college and the wider community. The award was presented to the Peer Support Team (PST), a group of trained students from Hereward College who help and support new students.

Cyntia G. Laycy, assistant Educational Psychologist at Hereward College and one of the coordinators of the PST, said: "This is a fantastic achievement for the Peer Support Team who, with the support of staff, have dedicated themselves to improve the wellbeing and safety of all the students who might have experienced bullying in their lives.’

The PST organised events related to bullying which included having a giant petition on a board where students would express their feelings regarding bullying, making T-shirts with messages against bullying, encouraging students to write down words that have hurt them and then celebrating the destruction of all the upsetting words; watching movies followed by discussions; playing bullying themed board games; and finally, offering free hand massages to relieve stress.

And if these weren’t enough, the PST organised and took part in a sponsored walk to help raise funds for Childline, a charity which helps the most vulnerable children in society.

Dayna Donnelly, a student mentor who was present at the Award ceremony, also added: “Not only did they help their peers at college, but also the wider community and the most vulnerable children in society. For these, I am extremely proud of them all”.

The LSIS judges had the following to say: “Hereward College's Peer Support Team was highly commended because they showed a whole organisational approach and their project was well embedded. A lovely nomination!”

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